Happy birthday, Dr. West and Dr. Weiss!

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May 2, 2018 at 9:46 am  #1294356    
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Today we celebrate the birthday of two of the most important people in the GRACE community, Dr Jack West and Dr. Jared Weiss,

A little over ten years ago, Dr. West sat down with nothing but a computer, a rudimentary website called “OncTalk” and a great deal of expertise and began to answer questions about lung cancer in an effort to educate patients and caregivers about the disease. Shortly thereafter a new, more robust site and a new organization was born – GRACE. The new site includes information provided by a number of well-respected oncologists, eventually including Dr. Jared Weiss, who not only contributes information but serves on the board of directors and, with Dr. West, works tirelessly to ensure that GRACE continues Dr. West’s original vision.

Having seen these two men in action over the past ten years, I am constantly impressed by their dedication and selflessness, and they have my much-deserved and unbounded respect. I hope each of you has a wonderful birthday. On behalf of the entire GRACE staff and community, thank you for all that you do.

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Jul 2008 Wife Liz (51/never smoker) Dx Stage IV NSCLC EGFR exon 19
4 cycles Carbo/alimta, 65% shrinkage
Tarceva maintenance
Mar 2010 progression, added Alimta, stable
Sep 2010 multiple brain mets, WBR
Oct 2010 large pericardial effusion, tamponade
Jan 2011 progression, start abraxane
Jun 2011-New liver, brain mets, add Tarceva
Oct 2011-Dx Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis; pulsed Tarceva
At rest Nov 4 2011
Since then: http://cancergrace.org/blog/jim-and-lisa

May 2, 2018 at 10:00 am  #1294358    


Happy birthday Drs. West and Weiss and thanks for all you have done and continue to do to help cancer patients and their loved ones.

10/2015 Chest xray found a nodule as part of a physical (no symptoms).
01/2016 Upper left lobe lingula preserving lobectomy stage 2b for 1.9 cm invasive adenocarcinoma with additional 2 mm AIS nodule found in pathology.
03-05/2016 Sixteen weeks of adjuvant cisplatin/vinorelbine.
07/2016 Durvalumab adjuvant clinical trial discontinued after 1st dose knocked out thyroid.
12/2016 Revised to stage 1b (due to VPI) after new guidelines for multifocal lepidic lung cancer.
07/2019 Next scan.

May 2, 2018 at 11:40 am  #1294359    
catdander forum moderator
catdander forum moderator

Happy Birthday!

May 2, 2018 at 11:52 am  #1294360    
catdander forum moderator
catdander forum moderator

what Jim said :)

Dr. Jack West and Dr. Jared Weiss thank you for the help you gave me when Don was sick. With the wild twists and turns his disease took I was able to stand firm in the belief we were doing all we could. I would not have known if it weren’t for Grace. I don’t use the word “blessed” very often but this community is blessed to have Grace and you both.

I hope you both get to celebrate the day with those you love and admire.


May 2, 2018 at 1:53 pm  #1294361    


Happy Birthdays Drs. JW andJW!!

May it be filled with peace, happiness, and love!! Thanks for all you do!

Wife, lifelong non-smoker, dx 4/24/15 adeno NSCLC stage IV-2 bone mets, 1 lymph node. HER2 Exon 20 mutation. 6x Carbo/Alimta – >50% reduction in primary tumor, lymph nodes, & bone. Alimta maint. not effective -growth & new liver mets. 11/15 – Opdivo; Not effective-add’l growth. 4/16 – PF-7020- large reduction of tumor and mets. 11/16-mixed results, liver mets stable. 2/17-All Stable. 8/17- Add’l growth-off Pfizer trial, 9/17 Gemzar- reduction then stable. 8/18 – Mixed results – new treatment?

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